The global energy crisis, coupled with the threat of climate change, demands innovation in the energy sector and responsible consumption in both developed and developing countries.
While cities around the world are pledging to make use of 100 per cent clean energy, Chinese cities have to follow this trend too by pushing for the introduction and development of recapturing released heat for power generation, and developing more renewable energy projects.
The EC-Link Project aims to support Chinese cities in addressing energy problems in cities and improving energy management in urban areas.
Bangladeshi power minister Nasrul Hamid has said the government has invited China to accelerate the renewable energy ambitions of the South Asian nation because private sector investors were not driving forward solar deployment fast enough.
Welcoming the decision to form a joint venture (JV) between state-owned entities from each nation which will drive 450 MW of new solar capacity and a 50 MW wind farm, Hamid said lack of local investment meant solar power projects still cost $0.10-0.13/kWh in Bangladesh despite marked falls elsewhere in the world.
Bangladesh’s highest decision-making body, the cabinet committee, on Monday approved a joint venture which will see the host nation’s North-West Power Generation Company Limited supply land for clean energy generation. Chinese engineering contractor the National Machinery Import and Export Corporation will invest an estimated $500 million in developing the planned solar and wind facilities, via the new Bangladesh-China Power Company (Pvt) Ltd Renewables entity.
The clean energy sector is another economic casualty to the COVID-19 pandemic. Clean energy-related manufacturing plants were closed due to the virus outbreak, and companies began furloughing and firing workers.
The clean energy sector lost 106,400 jobs in March, representing a three percent drop in employment, and nearly erasing the industry’s growth for the year, according to an analysis by BW Research. The situation will likely worsen. The analysis projects that the clean energy sector will lose over half a million jobs, or 15 percent of its total workforce if nothing is done to help the industry.
China's renewable energy sector reported steady growth in the first quarter (Q1) of this year, according to the National Energy Administration (NEA).
In the January-March period, China's installed capacity of renewable energy grew 8.4 percent year on year to 802 million kilowatts, data from the NEA showed.
Electricity output from renewable energy hit 392.34 billion kWh in Q1, 3.84 billion kWh more than that of the same period last year.
The supply of major energy sources is currently stable amid the resumption of production in the energy industry, with crude oil and natural gas output in Q1 up 2.4 percent and 9.1 percent year on year, respectively.
Law firm Ashurst has released a report into a number of emerging technologies in the energy sector, such as electric vehicles and battery storage, highlighting key trends across the power sector amid the Covid-19 pandemic. Among their findings, Ashurst does not expect interest and investment in these fields to decline despite ongoing uncertainties.
The report, ‘Powering Change – Energy in Transition’ polled more than 2,000 “senior business leaders” from across G20 member states concerning their investment in new energy technologies. Battery storage and electric vehicles were the most popular investments, with 46% and 43% of respondents investing in these projects respectively, while two-thirds of Indian respondents had made investments into electric vehicles alone.
Green economists have combined forces in an Oxford University paper to identify environmentally friendly public investments with quick positive economic effects. The authors, including Nobel laureate Joseph Stiglitz, examined 700 stimulus policies enacted since 2008 and surveyed 230 finance ministers, central bank officials, academics and other experts from 53 countries.
Only five of 25 categories of stimulus spending had both positive climate impact and a high multiplier effect, the report said, meaning most recent stimulus measures either hurt the climate or helped the climate without spreading wider benefits, such as lasting jobs. When done right, the authors said green projects “create more jobs, deliver higher short-term returns per dollar spend and lead to increased long-term cost savings” when compared to traditional fiscal stimulus. Some of the most useful green investments overall were reported to be: clean energy, digital infrastructure and energy efficient building retrofits.
Slumping power demand due to the coronavirus crisis combined with April’s strong wind and solar power production have revealed that Germany’s fossil and renewable electricity generation, as well as electricity demand, need to become much more flexible, experts say. While the grid coped well with an unusually high share of renewable power, low demand in neighbouring countries meant that Germany could not export as much excess electricity as usual, resulting in record negative power prices.
The coronavirus crisis subjected Germany’s electricity system to an unplanned stress test in April. While power demand fell during the pandemic because much of the economy lay idle, sunny and windy weather led to strong renewable power production. This prompted wholesale power prices to repeatedly fall deep into negative territory – meaning that electricity producers rather paid wholesale customers to use the power they generated than turning off plants because it was less costly – revealing the inflexibility of the country’s electricity generation and demand, experts say.
English consultancy Cornwall Insights today produced more evidence renewable energy sources are carrying the Covid-19 lockdown electricity mix, with gas and coal generation relegated to load peaking services.
The analyst calculated falls in power demand and in the carbon intensity of electricity generated in France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the U.K. from March 23, when the U.K. lockdown started, until April 20. Year-on-year falls in average demand ranged from 11.5% in Germany to 17.2% in the U.K. and carbon intensity reductions varied from 15.9% in Italy to 35.9% in Germany.
“Many system operators are now proving able to manage grids at 70% or more renewable energy and with a much lower level of demand than would, even a few months ago, have been expected,” said Tom Andrews, senior analyst at Cornwall Insight. “The generation balance is likely to return to normal as countries come off lockdown. However, this has demonstrated that managing a grid with high renewable penetration is feasible. This may become the new normal as more renewable generation is deployed across Europe.”
The economic slowdown caused by the COVID-19 pandemic will make it “more difficult” to reach Europe’s long-term climate objectives, Poland said in a paper circulated to other EU countries ahead of an informal video meeting of energy ministers on Tuesday (28 April). The paper, obtained by EURACTIV, said that the coronavirus crisis “may lead to undermining energy security and the speed of clean energy transitions”.
“We can already see delays in the implementation of energy projects caused by the disruption of supply chains,” the paper said, warning of drying investments in renewable energy as a result.
Border shutdowns decided at the beginning of the virus outbreak have disrupted the energy sector, causing the oil price to crash, and disrupting value chains in clean energy technologies such as wind and solar.
In the fight against climate change, hydrogen made with renewable electricity is increasingly seen as a silver bullet for sectors with particularly stubborn emissions, such as heavy industry and aviation. As a result, the emission-free gas has become a big energy-policy talking point in a growing number of countries. As one of the key drivers behind a pan-European effort, Germany has set out to become a global leader in "tomorrow's oil" by beating Asian countries – not only to launch the next stages of its landmark energy transition, but also to secure a promising growth market for its internationally reputed industry. The country will flesh out its ambitions in a highly anticipated National Hydrogen Strategy expected in the coming weeks, which might become part of a "green stimulus" programme to restart the economy after the coronavirus crisis.
EU member states need to commit more funding to renewables investments, according to a new report. “Funding climate and energy transition in the EU: the untapped potential of regional funds”, published by Brussels-based NGO Climate Action Network (CAN) Europe, found only 9.7% of current EU funds for 2014-2020 have been invested in clean energy infrastructure.
Member states must “urgently review” the way they spend the future 2021-2027 EU budget if they are serious about achieving climate neutrality in practice while rolling-out long-term investments which can stimulate the sustainable economic recovery, said the NGO. The report noted economic support measures currently being developed and discussed are “much needed” in the fight against the health and economic crisis caused by COVID-19.
According to Wood Mackenzie principal analyst Robert Liew, “The timing of the lockdown is unfortunate as Q1 is typically one of the busiest periods for wind project installations. The lockdown will delay some projects until summer, and if the lockdown is extended past April, wind farm construction could be further delayed into the monsoon season, where wind installations are typically at their lowest.”
With over 3GW of wind projects under construction scheduled for 2020 completion, supply and labour disruptions from the current lockdown could delay 400MW into 2021, equating to a downgrade of 11% for 2020.
Similar to the wind sector, India’s solar PV installations are expected to be hit hard as the industry is heavily dependent on Chinese PV module imports (80% of total volume) which has been disrupted due to the coronavirus.
As China shuttered industries during its coronavirus lockdown in January and February, every form of energy production dropped from prior-year performance but one. Solar was up 12 percent. “In terms of varieties, thermal power and hydropower declined significantly, nuclear power and wind power declined slightly,” reported China’s National Bureau of Statistics, “and solar power generation grew steadily.”
The Bureau neither explained nor speculated why, but at least one analyst had predicted it:“On the power supply side, we believe baseload generation resources such as coal, nuclear, and gas-fired combined heat and power (CHP) will be weaker than expected—with coal plants impacted the most in operation hours,” wrote Xizhou Zhou, vice president for global power and renewables at IHS Markit, in a Feb. 19 assessment of the impact of the lockdown.
The coronavirus crisis gripping the global economy has forced clean energy analyst BloombergNEF (BNEF) to downgrade its expectations for the solar, battery and electric vehicle (EV) markets, in one of the first signals that the escalating pandemic could undermine urgent efforts to combat climate change.
The influential analyst firm released fresh projections looking at the likely effects of COVID-19, officially declared a global pandemic by the World Health Organization last week, on markets for renewable electricity, EVs, heating, cooling and the circular economy.
With the impacts of the virus worsening around the world and governments deploying increasingly desperate measures to curb its advance, the analyst said it had cut its forecast for global solar demand in 2020 by 16 percent, noting that the sector is heavily reliant on demand in China where strict limits on movement and commercial activity are being put in place to try to halt the virus spreading further.
It seemed that nothing could slow the global renewable-energy juggernaut. Nothing, that is, until COVID-19. From the solar factory floors of China’s Jiangsu province to wind farm country in West Texas, the clean-energy industries are struggling to gauge the potential damage that lies ahead — and it’s not a pretty picture.
Just a few weeks ago, the biggest COVID-19 concern for renewable energy appeared to be the supply of equipment, reflecting the outbreak’s early impact in China. Would there be enough solar panels, wind turbines and batteries to meet demand and project deadlines, given the widespread factory shutdowns?
But after a wild few days of escalating infection numbers and increasingly frantic government responses in Europe and the U.S., the focus is quickly shifting to demand, as the reality dawns that a global economic slowdown may be inevitable.
Later today, EU officials are reportedly set to announce the details of a new initiative to develop hydrogen fuel technologies in accordance with plans to see the bloc become carbon neutral by 2050.
Plans for a “clean hydrogen alliance” are said to be in the works, as well as a new industrial strategy for Europe to follow the precedent set by the launch of the European Battery Alliance last year. The latter was cleared to receive €3.2 billion in public funds.
The alliance is just one of a series of projects cited in preliminary drafts of the European Commission’s industrial strategy, of which internal market commissioner Thierry Breton sits at the helm. In a Paris interview, Breton described hydrogen as a vital technology for European industry in the years to come.
India-European Union (EU) Flagship Call on Integrated Local Energy Systems was announced at India Smart Utility Week 2020. This partnership between Indian and the EU will help in Clean Energy and Climate and this partnership will foresee strengthened cooperation in energy research and innovation, mainly in renewable energy and its integration in the energy system. The collaboration can make energy supply cleaner, more efficient and affordable to all.
This Indo-EU flagship call is fully in line with both the European Union’s and India’s involvement in Mission Innovation (MI), a global initiative of 24 countries and the European Commission (on behalf of the European Union), committed to reinvigorate and accelerate global clean energy innovation with the objective to make clean energy widely affordable. This Indo-EU Flagship call is expected to give novel solutions encompassing local integration across various energy vectors and increase the share of renewables in the energy mix and high energy efficiency.
The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) – a traditional supporter of projects in Turkey and the region – has reiterated its commitment to continue financing Turkish renewable projects.
“EBRD will continue to support Turkish renewable projects. We recently signed a loan agreement with Borusan for the capacity extension at the Kıyıköy wind farm located in northwestern Turkey,” said EBRD director of Energy Eurasia for Sustainable Infrastructure Group, Aida Sitdikova, in an exclusive interview with Daily Sabah, on the sidelines of the Atlantic Council – EBRD Renewable Energy Outlook conference last week in Istanbul.
EC-Link Project has its focus in sustaining the development of sustainable urbanization and the dialogue among European and Chinese municipalities. It aims to assist Chinese and European cities in implementing energy and resource-efficient measures by sharing European cities’ experiences in sustainable urbanisation.
In order to support such dialogue, and to provide a better understanding of the sustainable urbanization sector, EC-Link has been working for years compiling a set of publications “EC-Link Knowledge Center” meant to be seen as a platform of experience for easy accessible exchange between Chinese and European cities on low carbon/eco city development issues.
EC-Link project is mostly focusing its attention towards 7 main sectors: compact urban development, green buildings, green transport, water management, solid waste management, green energy and municipal finance.
For each of above sectors, EC-Link has drafted a set of “Position Papers”; each Paper offering an overall outlook on the specific area, proving a testing ground for innovations in specific low-carbon policies and technologies’ application.
Together with the Position Papers, EC-link Project has developed a set of “Guidelines”; the objectives of this Eco-City Implementation Guideline are to provide guidance, and to ensure compliance. The documents are meant for all Chinese and European cities which are supporting eco-cities programme. Besides guidance, the document will help to ensure compliance of cities with the normative part proposed under this guideline.
All EC-Link Publications can easily downloaded at the following links:
- http://www.eclink.org/eclink/en/sectors/about (for English)
- http://www.eclink.org/eclink/zh/sectors/about (for Chinese)
In more than half of the 42 coal regions in the European Union, the switch to clean energy can create more jobs than currently exist in the coal sector, finds the latest report of the European Commission. The study of its Joint Research Centre (JRC) on clean energy technologies in coal regions includes seven regions in the Balkans. Two each are in Bulgaria, Greece and Romania and the remaining one is in Slovenia.
The report follows the adoption of the European Green Deal communication and the announcement of the EU’s Just Transition Mechanism, which aims to support communities most affected by the transition to climate neutrality by 2050, especially in the EU’s coal regions.
The deployment of renewable energy technologies in the coal regions facing coal phaseout can create up to 315,000 jobs by 2030, and up to 460,000 by 2050, the Clean energy technologies in coal regions: Opportunities for jobs and growth report underlines.
The UK must recruit more than 100,000 people to fill green energy roles within a decade if the government hopes to meet its binding climate targets, National Grid has warned. A report by the company found that Britain needs to fill 120,000 roles in the green energy industry by 2030 to help develop projects that can cut greenhouse gas emissions to near zero. That number is likely to reach 400,000 by 2050, when the government expects to have developed a clean energy system based on renewable electricity, green heating systems and electric vehicles. The growing need for new recruits to power the UK’s climate targets is expected to emerge as Britain faces a green energy jobs crunch over the next 10 years. The report warned that a fifth of employees in the energy sector are due to retire by 2030.
Pressure is rising fast on industry to join the great decarbonisation race. Many energy-intensive German companies, like chemical giant BASF or steelmaker thyssenkrupp, already have detailed plans for drastic emission cuts, but lack viable business models to implement them. National and EU policymakers urgently need to fire the starting gun for low-carbon investments worth many billions of euros with new legislation – otherwise, their new ambitious climate plans risk becoming obsolete quickly. Germany's coal exit, the European Green Deal, and a highly anticipated hydrogen strategy could provide the necessary push in 2020. But many companies enter the climate-critical year preoccupied with managing trade conflicts, digitalisation, structural changes and a slowing economy.
In September of last year Oilprice reported an incredible milestone for renewable energy when solar and wind power became cheaper than coal in most of the world. Now, a new report released this week by Wood Mackenzie Power and Renewables has heralded another milestone: China will soon be added to that list of countries in which coal is no longer more economical than renewable energy. This is a massive and massively important development because of the jaw-dropping scale at which China produces and burns coal. Alone, they consume as much coal as the rest of the world combined, and any claims that China has transitioned to “clean coal” should be taken with a hefty grain of salt. While the fact that coal is being priced out in much of the world marks great progress for the fight against climate change, especially at a moment that the UN is reminding the world with urgency that renewables are the path forward, true progress simply isn’t possible without China on board. And now it seems the winds of change have reached Beijing.
Governments are forging ahead with renewable energy programmes, fuelled by the rapid fall in the cost of developing solar and wind power. Despite a slowdown in the value of contract awards in the Middle East and North Africa (Mena) power sector in 2019, the transition towards alternative and cleaner forms of energy will be the prominent theme in the region’s electricity sector in 2020. For the first ten months of 2019, the $12.2bn-worth of contract awards for power projects in the Mena region was significantly down on the $20.2bn awarded for the same period in 2018. A combination of reduced peak demand growth for electricity across the GCC – a result of muted economic growth and energy efficiency measures being undertaken by utilities – and the completion of construction work on major power plants can largely account for the drop in new projects activity over the past year. The new year should record a pick-up in awards for power generation projects as several large utility-scale schemes move through bid submission and evaluation on to award. Moving further into 2020, it will be the region’s burgeoning renewable energy sector that should offer the most opportunities for investors and energy companies seeking to boost order books.
China is seeing significant growth in demand for natural gas as the government encourages the switch away from coal to cleaner energy. The country is already in the second year of a new three-year action plan for cleaner air, under which targets have been set for reducing emissions of sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxides and increasing the proportion of days with good air quality to 80 percent annually. In order to achieve this goal, the government is encouraging the generation sector to switch from using coal to natural gas, particularly for domestic heating, with the aim of having the natural gas account for 10 percent of energy consumption by 2020. Unsurprisingly, this policy goal is driving significant growth in natural gas demand. Gas consumption in China is expected to reach 310 billion cubic meters in 2019, a 10 percent increase on the previous year, according to the National Energy Administration.
Hydrogen is the most abundant element in the universe and offers the game-changing promise of clean power on a mass scale. While fuel cell and hydrogen technologies (FCH) have the potential to replace all fossil-based energy, conservative projections estimate FCH will be able to generate 2,250 terawatt hours (TWh) of hydrogen in the European Union by 2050. That would supply about a quarter of the bloc's total annual energy demand. In other words, an eyewatering amount of energy that could fuel 42 million large cars, 1.7 million trucks, around a quarter of a million buses and more than 5,500 trains.
China’s renewable energy market does not need foreign technology and money said Mark Hutchinson, vice president of APAC power and renewables consulting at global energy consultancy Wood Mackenzie.
“Right now, China’s renewable energy sector is government driven. Going forward, it will be more economically driven,” Hutchinson told CNBC at the Asian Clean Energy Summit in Singapore last Wednesday.
Many Chinese energy companies receive help from the government in the form of direct investments and large subsidies. But that will likely change soon, Hutchinson said.
Although China’s growth has slowed, he said, investors need to keep in mind that it’s part of the process for maturing economies.
China's major industrial province Shandong is taking big steps to construct wind farms and photovoltaic power stations.
Compared with equivalent thermal-electricity projects, the wind farm in the city of Laixi could help annually save 256,200 tonnes of standard coal consumption while reducing harmful emissions, said Zhang Renqiang, technical director with the State Grid's subsidiary in Laixi.
According to the provincial government report in 2019, Shandong is facing a key turning point to develop clean energy and accelerate reduction in coal consumption.
Shandong aims to focus on the development of renewable resources, nuclear power and natural gas this year in a bid to boost the use of green power, according to the Energy Administration of Shandong Province.
The province will strengthen cooperation with large enterprises on the integration of offshore wind power and marine farm, wave energy, and tidal energy. The province is also going to promote the planning and construction of photovoltaic bases in the saline-alkali shoal of the Yellow River Delta, according to the administration.
Bioenergies, including wood, biofuels and forest-based industries, should be recognised under the EU’s draft sustainable finance taxonomy, in line with the recently-updated renewable energy directive, an industry coalition has claimed.
The EU’s draft taxonomy for green finance is “undermined by significant divergences” with the EU’s renewable energy directive, according to a joint statement by ten industry associations involved in the forestry and bioenergy sectors.
The statement was published on Wednesday (23 October) by a coalition of ten industry groups: Bioenergy Europe (bioenergy industries), CEPF (forest owners), CEPI (paper industries), COGEN Europe (cogeneration industry), Copa-Cogeca (farmers and agri-cooperatives), EBA (biogas producers), EOS (sawmill industry), ePURE (ethanol producers), Euroheat & Power (district heating), and EUstafor (forest managers).
The proposed European Green Deal aims to increase climate ambition, create a climate law and strengthen financial support to spur climate action across Europe. The EU budget, complemented by the proposed creation of a ‘Just Transition Fund’, can play a significant role in speeding up the transition away from oil, gas and coal and in promoting climate-compatible investments at national and regional level.
In light of the climate crisis and the mass demonstrations against governments’ failure to tackle it, the EU budget has a great potential to steer the next generation of EU funds from 2021 to 2027 towards climate neutrality: support the transition to zero-carbon economies, particularly in the EU’s lesser developed and more polluted regions, and end subsidising carbon-intensive infrastructure as it is still happening today.
This requires a much stronger focus on climate action in the overall budget spending, and allowing Cohesion Policy funds to play their part in the decarbonisation of central and eastern Europe in particular.
The EU’s latest Clean Energy Package (CEP) is “undoubtedly positive” for energy storage, with the technology expected to play a key role in meeting the legislation’s ambitious “32% by 2030” renewables target, Brittney Elzarei, senior policy officer at trade organisation EASE has said.
In an article for Volume 20 of PV Tech Power, the quarterly technical journal from our publisher Solar Media, Elzarei takes a close look at the CEP, noting that recognition by EU policymakers of the value of energy storage has greatly evolved in just the past decade since its third iteration in 2009.
“The CEP is undoubtedly positive for the storage sector. By establishing a binding renewables target of 32% by 2030 – along with targets for renewables in transport, heating and cooling – the package sets a high level of ambition that can only be achieved with the widespread deployment of flexibility solutions such as storage."
Investments in renewable energy were halved in Germany in 2018 compared to the year before, landing the country in fourth place in global renewable investments, said Ulf Moslener, sustainable finance researcher at the Frankfurt School of Finance and Management. The report, compiled by Bloomberg New Energy Finance, the UN Environment Programme and the Frankfurt School of Finance and Management, found that Germany leads in Europe if investments over the past ten years are taken into account, but that especially a drop in wind power investments brought total financial flows in renewable technology down significantly. However, since prices for renewable power installations, especially for solar power, have also fallen sharply over the past decade, Germany's capacity growth has not fallen as much as monetary investments and remained positive also in 2018.
Changzhou is one of the first batch of cities in Jiangsu province that carries out the demo project of energy efficiency and renovation of existing buildings. In the three years from 2015 to 2018, 20 renovation projects were carried out, with a total renovation area of 679,900 square meters. On top of the demo project, Changzhou also actively explores to make further innovations and upgrade functions of the existing buildings, so as to reach the green building standards. This year, Changzhou has 2 projects successfully approved by the province government, and by the approval, the 2 projects are funded a total of RMB 4 million from the provincial fiscal incentive funds.
The implementation of the green projects is guided by the principle of green development and low-carbon development and applies innovative green building development modes. And as it shifts focuses from “construction of new buildings” to “renovation of old buildings”, it further enables the city to play out the energy-efficient potential of existing buildings, enhances the energy utilization efficiency and the operation management level of the existing buildings, and make the city go “green”.
WindparkStanglalm GmbH has been trying to receive a permit to develop Styria’s wind power plants for around 4 years. The hurdles were numerous, including many debates with citizens as well as a lengthy environmental impact assessment study carried out by professionals. Now, finally, with all the proper documentation submitted and the assessment coming up positive, the Austrian regional government has allowed the company to begin work.
Two projects were submitted for the expansion of the region’s wind power generation facilites. The first one concerns the construction of 4 additional turbines at the Pretul II wind power plant. The second one was regarding the establishment of an entirely new power generation facility in the Fischbach Alps, which will host 9 turbines of its own.
The Taurage City Council decided by a unanimous vote to allow the submission of applications for the purchase and creation of more photovoltaic power plants across the city – both on public and residential buildings. Currently the administration is reviewing the applications of the Taurage Hospital, the Public Library of the Taurage Social Services Centre, the Taurage cultural centre as well as many other schools and high schools.
The local administration is committed to transforming the city and making it more environmentally friendly. According to officials, they are always looking for new ways to reduce the municipality’s impact on the environment.
Backers of Kenya’s Lamu coal plant have been instructed by the courts to conduct a new environmental impact assessment and halt work on the project, in a ruling celebrated by local environmental groups.
The mostly Chinese-financed plant is the biggest coal project in eastern and central Africa. Lamu county is on Kenya’s northern coast and includes a small archipelago in the Indian Ocean. The area is a World Heritage Site and a major draw for tourists.
The June 26 ruling by the National Environmental Tribunal cancelled the license given to Amu Power by the National Environment Management Authority.
“The people of Lamu and Kenyans finally have got justice three years after knocking on the doors of the Tribunal in 2016,” said Omar Elmawi, head of Decoalonize, a local activist group.
Construction of the project was expected to start in 2016 but was delayed following a legal challenge from Decoalonize and Save Lamu.
Construction work started on the middle section of a major China-Russia energy cooperation project on Thursday. Starting from Northeast China's Jilin Province and ending in North China's Hebei Province, the section is expected to alleviate natural gas shortages in Northeast China and the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei region, China Central Television (CCTV) reported.
The 1,110-kilometer section is expected to be completed in October 2020, said the report.
"China and Russia enjoy a stable relationship, and they have been comprehensive strategic partners of coordination in various spheres," Lin Boqiang, dean of the China Institute for Studies in Energy Policy at Xiamen University, told the Global Times on Thursday.
The huge pipeline project is intended to stabilize China's energy supply through cooperation with a stable partner, Lin said, especially as China's demand for natural gas still has huge growth potential.
Source: Global Times - http://www.globaltimes.cn/content/1156811.shtml
From a climate perspective, the ideal scenario would be for China to shut down all of its coal-fired power plants and switch over to clean energy like solar. But that can’t happen — China’s energy economy is like a massive ship that cannot turn on a dime.
China is going green, however, just not the way you think. China signed the Paris Agreement, which includes a promise to install 800 gigawatts to 1,000 gigawatts of new renewable capacity by 2030, an amount equivalent to the capacity of the entire U.S. electricity system.
China and the United States have roughly the same land mass; however, China has 1.3 billion people to the United States’ 325 million. It needs an electricity system that is much larger, so adding the renewable equivalent of one entire U.S. electricity system is not enough to replace coal in the near to medium term — not even close.
To bridge the gap, China is rolling out new technologies to drastically reduce local air pollution and climate emissions from the nation’s remaining coal plants as well as building a host of new ones.
Source: Energy & Capital - https://www.energyandcapital.com/articles/china-s-new-green-deal/92837
China's top economic planner has issued an action plan to boost the development of energy storage technology in the coming two years, calling for more new energy vehicle power battery storage applications.
The action plan aims to boost the healthy development of energy storage technology and industry in China and support the construction of a clean, low-carbon, safe and efficient energy system and the development of high-quality energy, according to the National Development and Reform Commission Monday.
The action plan, known as the implementation of "guidance on promoting the development of energy storage technology and industry" for 2019 and 2020, comprises six major parts, including strengthening the research and development of advanced energy storage technologies and upgrading intelligent manufacturing.
Source: Xinua - http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2019-07/02/c_138192496.htm
The world’s second-largest producer of crude oil and natural gas, Russia, has been said by many energy industry analysts to be too dependent on energy revenues. Indeed, the country gets as much as 40 percent of its federal revenues from oil and gas exports. And it's no secret that Russia isn't exactly famous for renewable energy. Does Russia have a future in a renewable energy world?
Forbes energy writer Ariel Cohen addressed this question in a recent article, adopting the optimistic view of renewables, noting “We have now entered the era of the renewable energy resource, whereby zero-emission electricity is generated via near unlimited inputs (solar radiation, wind, tides, hydrogen, and eventually, deuterium). Cutting-edge, smart electric grids, utility-scale storage, and electric self-driving vehicles – powered by everything from lithium-ion batteries to hydrogen fuel cells – are critical elements of this historic energy transition.”
The global solar street lighting market is transcending as a highly lucrative sector, on account of the presence of a myriad player, notes Transparency Market Research. Several growth opportunities in the market have attracted numerous players, which makes the market’s competitive landscape fragmented. Many renowned players are reaping the advantages of an explosive market and continuing their spree of success.
A palpable presence of some of the major players in the global solar street lighting market include SOKOYO Solar Group., Omega Solar., Solektra International, Bridgelux Inc., Urja Global Ltd., and Dragons Breath Solar. These players do not experience heavy infrastructural expenditure, which leaves a room for them to optimize the profit margins. The competition in the global solar street lighting market gets intensified with the entry of numerous small-scale players. However, a few strategic alliances adopted by globally reckoned players including joint ventures and incorporation of advanced technologies to their products, make the market’s competition to reach a cutthroat level.
Source: Globe News Wire - https://www.globenewswire.com/news-release/2019/05/22/1840785/0/en/Solar-Street-Lighting-Market-Rising-Global-Inclination-towards-Renewable-Energy-Sources-to-Foster-Growth-TMR.html
New rules and initiatives to support communities wanting to produce their own renewable energy could help ordinary people play a key role in the European Union’s transition to clean energy.
These moves, which include new EU legislation and the rollout of so-called living labs around Europe, look set to bolster people’s growing push to get involved in producing clean energy.
As renewables have become more market-driven and regulation has lagged, however, community-based initiatives have struggled to compete because of the lack of consistent and clear frameworks to support them.
But things could change following the introduction of new clean energy rules adopted by the European Parliament in March, which are set to take effect early next year. The rules aim to support people in their efforts to establish their own energy projects and consume, store and sell what they produce. No common EU rules for such ‘prosumers’ previously existed.
As the same with the whole Germany, Berlin no longer wants to just rely solely on a single new source of energy to provide electricity, but instead uses a kind of “wolves tactics” – a combination of hydro, wind, geothermal, solar, garbage biogas, biogas, or biomass, fuel cells, electric vehicles, etc. to feasibly and comprehensively advance to develop all possible energy technologies.
Relying on Germany’s strong and advanced technical strength, this idea that is seemingly fancy and arrogant does have the potential to be realized. Based on its talents and political advantages, Berlin has achieved a leading position in the world of its new energy development.
According to the statistics of the Berlin Municipal Government, the local solar energy industry accounts for 35% of all Germany, ranking the first in the country and this figure is still increasing. The Renewable Energy Law, which came into effect in 2000, not only proposes preferential policies such as compulsory power purchase and high-priced subsidies, but also sets up the differential subsidies for a variety of types of renewable energies in order to better match energy investments with different technologies and different costs. In addition, the subsidy period lasts up to 20 years, and it is a fixed rate, which allows investors to accurately calculate when their investment cost can be recovered and profitable. It is no wonder that the world’s major companies are rushing to Berlin. Not only solar energy, other renewable energies such as wind power, biomass and hydropower can be subsidized, but there are different subsidy rates due to different technology costs.
Legislative milestones of the past few years of Jean-Claude Juncker’s European Commission will help EU solar play a decisive role in the next decade, a top official has said weeks before the bloc holds fresh elections.
Paula Abreu Marques, who heads up the renewable policy unit at the Commission, spoke at the Large Scale Solar Europe summit last week to detail how solar will be supported long-term by laws adopted under Jean-Claude Juncker’s cabinet.
“After 2020, we believe the situation will move. Solar PV is expected to become a mainstream technology at the centre of our energy transition,” Abreu said. “The market will have to double compared to today to achieve 2030’s target, and double again in the years after to reach the 2050 goal.”
Liuzhou City is launching a series of exchange activities for the development and promotion of new energy vehicles.
At the event, more than 100 new energy vehicles of different models, such as Baojun E100, Baojun E200 and Lingzhi M5EV, brought by the "Promotion Team" from Liuzhou, impressed the government officials and citizens in Laibin City. The officials of Laibin City learned more about the new energy vehicles, personally took part in a test drive, and then signed a memorandum of understanding on the new energy vehicle promotion between the two cities. Feng Haifeng, Member of the Standing Committee and Head of the Organization Department of the CPC Laibin Municipal Committee, expressed admiration for the way in which Liuzhou promoted new energy vehicles. He said that Laibin City would fully support the promotion of the "Liuzhou Model" of the new energy vehicles, so as to strive to advance the healthy and rapid development of new energy vehicle industry in Laibin City as a whole.
Grid companies will need to deliver around 90 GW of new transmission lines across Europe by 2040 to cope with a boom in renewables generation and a significant surge in the electrification of transport and heating.
And this huge grid upgrade will need to be complemented by a range of flexible power sources, including gas engines, storage, and demand flexibility.
That’s the conclusion of new research published today that claims that renewables will provide over 60% of Europe’s total power supply by 2040, representing a 400 GW, €400bn investment opportunity into clean energy capacity.
And the study adds that by 2050, total European power demand could rise by as much as 85%, mainly due to the electrification of heating and transportation.
The European Parliament has adopted three new regulations and a new directive for a revised internal electricity market in the EU. The European Commission submitted the proposal in late 2016, as part of negotiations over the Clean Energy for All Package.
The legislative package included a range of directives and regulations that were designed to improve energy efficiency and increase the share of renewable energy in Europe, while establishing regulations to foster the adoption of distributed-generation assets. The European Parliament has passed proposals for the new Electricity Market Regulation and Electricity Market Directive, as well as proposals for the Regulations on Risk Preparedness and the Agency for the Cooperation of Energy Regulators (ACER).
Substantial parts of the package have already passed the legislative stage. The Governance of the Energy Union Regulation, the revised Energy Efficiency Directive, the revised Renewable Energy Directive and the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive went into force last year.
The European Commission is releasing €750 million (£649 million) of funding for clean energy infrastructure projects, such as nine priority corridors for integrating renewable energy into multiple countries
Supporting the construction of necessary infrastructure, contributes to the Commission’s energy policy priorities of improving energy security, whilst giving consumers more choice, and spurring economic growth and jobs. These interconnections are also essential for renewable energy sources to thrive and make Europe world number one in renewable energy.
A fully interconnected European network is one of the key preconditions to deliver the ultimate goal of the Energy Union, i.e. to ensure secure, affordable and sustainable energy, which has been one of the top political priorities of the Juncker Commission throughout the mandate.
Source: Open Access Government - https://www.openaccessgovernment.org/clean-energy-infrastructure/61364/
In recent years, Guilin has successively implemented a number of low-carbon demonstration projects, mainly focusing on accelerating the construction of low-carbon transportation, and actively promoting the style of low-carbon living and green consumption. The charging capacity has increased year by year. According to the statistics of Guilin Power Supply Bureau, in 2016, the city’s power charged was 9305 kWh; in 2017, it was 156,000 kWh; in 2018, it reached 4.635 million kWh. In the past three years, the charging capacity of new energy vehicles has increased by 498 times.
In order to implement the national strategy of developing the new energy vehicle industry and fulfill the overall requirements for the promotion and application of new energy vehicles in Guangxi, in the next step, the Guilin Power Supply Bureau, which belongs to Guangxi Subsidiary of Southern Power Grid, will actively cooperate with the municipal party committee and the municipal government to attach great importance to ecological construction and environmental protection, and increase efforts to vigorously carry out the construction of new energy vehicle charging posts, so to provide a strong power guarantee for the construction of a clean, efficient, low-carbon and environmentally-friendly green urban transportation system.
The energy transition means a fundamental transformation of our societies and affects everybody's day-to-day life. It is not only about climate change, greenhouse gas reduction and the use of new technologies. It represents an opportunity for structural change where citizens need to play a key role. The issue of citizen participation is central.
“The energy transition cannot be successful if all stakeholders are not on board - we have to take into account the needs of all actors involved” said the president of the TEN section, Pierre Jean Coulon. “The reason we have energy is to serve a final purpose, to simplify citizens' life, including families and businesses. Without energy, our basic needs are not met: there is no education, health system or transport.”
Source: Renewable Energy Magazine - https://www.renewableenergymagazine.com/panorama/the-energy-transition-can-only-be-successful-20190214
Natural gas is going to remain a key component of the European Union’s energy mix in the years to come despite a heavy push towards the renewables. Its role and tasks will, however, be changing and by 2050 gas will have become a “complement” to green energy such as solar and wind – Miguel Arias Canete, the EU’s Commissioner for climate action and energy. Gas is expected to play “an important role in the energy transition” and help the continent to meet its aspirational targets of reaching net-zero emissions by the mid-century.
Despite solar’s explosive growth; the bloc is unlikely to meet its 20% clean energy target. Transport in particular remains a drag, with slow adoption rates for alternative fuels. Wind power supplanted hydro as Europe’s largest renewable electricity source.
According to data released by the political bloc’s statistics authority Eurostat, renewables in 2017 accounted for 17.5% of the energy consumed. That marked a slight increase from 17% a year earlier.
According to Eurostat, the primary production volume of renewable energy among the EU’s 28 member states reached 226.5 million tonnes of oil equivalent in 2017. That meant renewables grew 64% between 2007 and 2017, at an average rate of 5.1% per year.
Wood and solid biofuels supplied the largest proportion of renewable energy generation in the bloc, with 42%, followed by wind power (13.8%) and hydro (11.4%).
The European Commission has launched a new €1m platform aimed at driving forward research, innovation and knowledge transfer in battery technology across Europe.
Batteries Europe will be led by InnoEnergy, the innovation engine for sustainable energy across Europe, together with the European Energy Research Alliance and the European Association for Storage of Energy.
It brings together key European stakeholders in the batteries research and innovation community to support EU competitiveness along the entire battery value chain.
The platform will develop and update research and innovation agendas and roadmaps aimed at spurring the development of battery projects at both pan-EU and national levels.
Source: RE News Biz - https://renews.biz/51360/eu-launches-battery-research-drive/
China’s renewable power capacity rose 12 percent in 2018 compared to a year earlier, official data showed on Monday, with the country still rolling out new projects despite transmission capacity concerns and a growing subsidy payment backlog.
China has been aggressively promoting renewable power as part of an “energy revolution” aimed at easing its dependence on coal, a major source of pollution and climate-warming greenhouse gas emissions.
Total capacity - including hydro and biomass as well as solar and wind - rose to 728 GW by end-2018, the National Energy Administration (NEA) said during an official briefing.
The world’s biggest shipbuilder sees China’s clean-up of its smoggy skies lifting prices of the vessels this year.
As China prioritizes dealing with the smog that has famously blanketed Beijing and other big cities, the world’s second-biggest economy is increasingly turning to liquefied natural gas as a replacement for coal for heating and other purposes, boosting imports of the cleaner fuel. Hyundai Heavy Industries Co. expects orders for carriers of the gas to lead demand for new ships, Chief Executive Officer Sam H. Ka said.
Some regions in China have lost “momentum” when it comes to tackling pollution, with local officials blaming the country’s economic downturn on overzealous campaigns against smog.
Minister of Ecology and Environment Li Ganjie said while some impoverished regions were struggling to transform their old industrial economies, regional officials should firmly resist the notion that the “war on pollution” had undermined growth.
China’s gross domestic product grew 6.6 per cent in 2018, its lowest rate of increase since 1990, and Li’s speech reflects concern among senior Chinese officials that a deeper downturn could derail the country’s economic restructuring plans.
Source: South China Morning Post - https://www.scmp.com/news/china/politics/article/2183967/chinas-smog-battle-losing-momentum-some-regions-environment
China Three Gorges halted talks with EU regulators about its proposed 9 billion euro ($10.3 billion) takeover of Portugal’s EDP-Energia de Portugal over a month ago, two sources close to the matter said, casting doubt on whether the deal will progress. Three sources close to the matter said CTG’s interest in lifting its stake in Portugal’s biggest company has waned due to a combination of factors including a leadership shake-up at the Chinese state-owned utility, the prospect of tougher EU regulations on foreign investment and higher European electricity tariffs.
China has pledged to fill the global infrastructure development gap with more than US$4 trillion in “sustainable” projects through its Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). But China is not delivering on its promises of green and low carbon infrastructure so the initiative is facing a crisis of legitimacy.
According to a recent report from the World Resources Institute, about 75% of the US$145 billion in loans from China’s major financing institutions went to fossil fuel energy projects, including US$10 billion for coal plants. The report also outlined how almost all investments in the construction of fossil-fuel power were state-owned enterprises. In contrast, private Chinese companies, which have much smaller investment footprints, have focused on solar and wind.
The European Commission has announced €800 million will be allocated to support energy infrastructure projects under the program for trans-European infrastructure development, and that EU member states have approved the funding package.
The money, the commission said, will be provided by the Connecting Europe Facility, an EU fund for pan-European infrastructure investment in transport, energy and digital projects.
The commission added, €504 million will be devoted to electricity infrastructure and smart grid projects, with another €286 million for gas and the remaining €9.3 million supporting studies on the development of a CO² transport infrastructure. The commission specified the funds will finance projects that were selected through a call for proposals that ran from June to October.
The €504 million for the power sector will support two energy infrastructure projects key to the EU Clean Energy Package, and its central idea of creating a European integrated energy market: the interconnection of the Baltic States to Europe and of Poland to Germany, Slovakia and Czechia.
Renewable energy use in Europe is still increasing, although a slowdown in overall development has continued. According to new data, the EU got 17.5% of its energy from renewable sources in 2017, marking a slight increase compared to 2016.
The European Union has a binding target of 20% renewable energy use by 2020 and the most recent statistics from Eurostat now show that as of 2017 the bloc had reached 17.5%.
Renewable energy made up 16.7% of final energy consumption in 2015, and 16.1% in 2014.
This week’s announcement means that little has changed since the statistics were last updated in 2018, when the EU announced that its member states are on course to hit the 2020 target.
In January 2018, the European Commission revealed that 11 of the 28 EU members have already hit their individual benchmarks for 2020 ahead of schedule. That number has not increased in the last 12 months.
With Qingdao’s constant updating of its public transport vehicles, the number of pure electric buses the island city owns is increasing. Compared with fuel vehicles, there are certain unique operational skills that can be deployed for better use of pure electric vehicles. “In order to save energy, we must first ensure the vehicle and every part of it to be in the best condition at all times and that is the basis for energy saving,” said Mr. Wang Qun, a bus driver, who pays great importance to tire maintenance, engine room dust removal and air pump dust removal. He elaborated: “In operation, we must pay attention to road condition and traffic controls. For example, 3 traffic signal lights at the Xianxialing Road, East Yinchuan Road and Tong’an Road are synchronized at same intervals, 30 seconds apart. After the green light at Xianxialing Road intersection turns on, we should drive through the intersection of the East Yinchuan Road with constant speed and reach at a stop of the East Yinchuan Road. And then, we drive through the East Yinchuan Road with constant speed and enter the Tongan Road Stop where at this point of time, the intersection ahead would show a red light. After getting on and off of the passengers, we may get the right time to pass the intersection. By this way, we can optimally save lots of energy.” Wang Qun is a bus driver along the 501st route. After years of exploration and repeated tests, he found that the motor rev designed for the vehicle is 1000 rpm to 2000 rpm. And according to the bus operation, if the rev is between 1300 rpm and 1800 rpm and the speed is between 30km/h to 40km/h, it is the most economic.
According to statistics, Mr. Wang uses a special operation method to run 2,600 kilometers per month that can save 900 KWHs and annually save about 10,800 KWHs. Wang Qun has been recognized as one of the most economical drivers of Qingdao pure electric buses.
“The 501st route is with 41.7 kilometers and it passes through 64 stops, 12 primary and secondary schools and kindergartens, 6 hospitals, 2 business districts, and 97 intersections of which 37 have no signal lights, as well as 142 zebra crossings. Of the 64 stops, 19 are connected to the subways Line 2 and Line 3.” Because of his well knowledge of the road conditions, he used the unique ability of electric vehicles to recover electricity by reducing the vehicle speed in advance on the downhill section and using the method of “continuous speed reduction” and “segment speed reduction” to extend the braking time and braking distance, so to maximally recover power energy.
The 8th Exhibition of New Product and New Technology of Energy Saving and Emission Reduction in 2018 (New Energy Vehicle) and the 3rd Green Low-Carbon Industry Expo opened at the Guilin International Convention and Exhibition Center. The concept of low-carbon life and green travel has affected people’s behavior of car buying. New energy vehicles have attracted public attention at the exhibition.
The theme of this exhibition is “Energy Saving and Protecting Blue Sky”. The three-day exhibition has showcased new energy vehicles and new products and technologies for energy saving and emission reduction. There are four exhibition areas, namely, the new energy vehicle exhibition area, the energy-saving low-carbon exhibition area, the green building exhibition area and the green agriculture exhibition area.
In the next step, Guilin will take the ride of this activity to effectively promote green development, advocate a simple, green and low-carbon lifestyle, and carry out actions such as creating conservation-oriented governmental institutions, green families, green schools and green communities and facilitating green travel. It will formulate action plans, to enhance the role of energy conservation and resource conservation in accelerating the reform of ecological civilization system, building beautiful Guangxi and Guilin, showing Guilin afresh new face to the outside world and achieving results of the new actions. It will rationally adjust industrial structure, intensify elimination of backward production capacity, and continue to accelerate upgrading and transformation of the tradition industries, vigorously develop strategic emerging industries, accelerate the development of low-carbon service industries; stably promote energy conservation and consumption reduction, and develop low-carbon urban areas, low-carbon parks and low-carbon communities.
The European Commission’s latest reports on gas and electricity markets, which cover the last quarter of 2017, have just been published, containing a wide range of data about supply and usage of electricity and gas in the EU.
The electricity market report confirms that over the last few years electricity consumption in the EU has clearly been decoupled from economic growth. The EU’s GDP increased by almost 12% between 2010 and the end of 2017; over the same period, electricity consumption decreased by 4%. Moreover, in December 2017 more energy from wind was generated in the EU than ever before: 41 TWh (terawatt hours), equivalent to 16% of the EU’s electricity mix.
On September 19-21, EC-Link Project, with the support of MoHURD, EUD and the Hefei Municipality has organized an Inter-City Lab (ICL) focused on water management, solid waste management and clean energy sectors.
The event has seen the participation of 120 delegates representing 8 European cities (Barcelona, Berlin, Bordeaux, Hamburg, Liverpool, Mannheim, Valencia and Växjö), 7 Chinese provinces (Anhui, Guangdong, Guangxi, Henan, Hunan, Qinghai and Shandong), 9 Chinese municipalities (Changzhou, Guilin, Hefei, Luoyang, Nanjing, Qingdao, Weihai, Zhuhai and Zhuzhou), representatives from local and provincial academies and research centers, European and Chinese experts.
During the event, among the many speeches, Ma’am Tong Guichan, Director of the Division of International Cooperation of MoHURD, affirmed the crucial importance of sustainable development of Chinese cities and the strong support of MoHURD to EC Link Project; Mr. Wang Daorong, Deputy Director General of Hefei Municipality, stated the great commitment of Hefei City to develop more environmental sustainable projects and the great importance of events like Hefei ICL where Chinese cities have the opportunity to share their experience with multiple European ones; Mr. Andrea Claser, Team Leader of EC-Link Project, stressed the full commitment of the Project to be a key component for Chinese and European cities in order to share mutual experiences and hopefully develop long term cooperation; Mr. Florian Steinberg, Senior Urban Planner – EC-Link, provided important insights and specific examples about ongoing Chinese urban renewal and revitalization.
During the three days gathering, European and Chinese representatives have been sharing experiences and knowledge with the intent to create the so called City Network Units (CNUs); these new established working groups of Chinese and EU cities (CNUs) will work together to adapt selected practices/procedures to the Chinese urban context, so to allow an effective know how transfer.
In upcoming months, European and Chinese cities will work together with the intent to develop joint technical teams meant to be the baseline of long term cooperation programs and technology exchange in multiple areas such as: water governance and integrated river basin, zero landfill policy, renewable energy from bio-waste, urban storm water management, district heating from co-generating power plants, waste water treatment for the removal of harmful pollutants, municipal solid waste management, and many others.